Terri Schiavo more important than two girls boiled alive as their mother watched

News limited columnist Emma Tom wrote an article in The Australian newspaper ( a Murdoch paper even) that brings a reality check to the Terri Schiavo story. The Terri Schiavo is interesting as it raises a bunch of issues around medical ethics, euthanasia etc.

I seriously recommend reading it. Click on the title link of this entry to go to the full piece. Here are a few quotes:

THE big problem with living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is that you’ve got to die really grossly before you rate a mention in the international press. Particularly if you’re competing against a single comatose American….

You’d think watching your daughter get poached in water and oil before being devoured would be worth a little more. A couple of paragraphs, at least. But that’s what you get for living in a place where too many people with dark skin die horribly. Where’s the surprise factor? Where’s the audience appeal?

It’s very different in the US. Over there, Mary Schindler is also watching her daughter die. She’s the mother of Terri Schiavo a woman being starved by the state after dieting her brain to sludge. But unlike those nameless sisters in the Congo, the pros and cons of killing Schiavo have been debated around the planet. When Terri finally passes on to that big weight-loss clinic in the sky, she can rest assured that at least people cared. Even if some of them chose to express it by removing her tubing….

Critics of the mass hysteria surrounding the Schiavo case have been quick to point out the hypocrisy of a nation that also sanctions the execution of mentally ill prisoners and the explosion of infants in Iraq…

When Terri finally passes on to that big weight-loss clinic in the sky, she can rest assured that at least people cared. Even if some of them chose to express it by removing her tubing…I’d love to know why right-to-lifers think these humans (who either don’t know they’re alive or are actively choosing not to be) warrant so much more time and money than those boiling Congolese sisters, who are bound to have been all too aware of their fate and must have protested most terribly.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,12694839%255E12274,00.html

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